This Course Rocks!
2 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: I pull into this park at 9 in the morning after driving through the Smoky Mountain fog, getting ready to warm up my arm for what will be a marathon day of 81 holes of disc golf. After practicing my putting for a few minutes I walk to the first hole, and I realize that this place is special.
The rocky terrain, the clay soil, the dense woods, all combine to make a beautiful scene, and it feels like you exited the park you pulled into and switched into the seclusion of the forest.
The tee signs were all nice and colorful, with a map, distance and par included. The baskets were slightly older Discatchers, but they caught well and were visible from all angles. Tee pads were long and grippy cement, allowing for complete control from the waist down.
Navigation was easy, and there were no long walks between holes. The course loops back to the parking lot after nine and eighteen. This course would make a great quick stop before or after work, or in between playing the other courses in the area.
There was a good combination of left turning holes, right turning holes, straight shots, uphill, downhill, over a ravine, and everything in between.
Some holes tat stick out to me include, but not limited to:
Hole 2- One of the longest holes on the course at 327 feet, but plays downhill. Twisting down a tight corridor, the drive requires a good bit of accuracy and line shaping. However, if you do make it all the way down the fairway, there is a OB walking path only 5 feet behind the basket, adding strokes if you go long on a drive, or a longer upshot.
Hole 18 is a great finishing hole for a course like this, a nice "bomb" at 323 feet, with a good amount of trees to navigate around, including a well guarded basket that can provide a tough approach if you were to get knocked down early.
I can't help but mention, again, the beauty of the terrain of this course. There were many great rock/boulder features, and combined with the reddish brown soil and the foliage, there were a lot of great photo opportunities, and some of it was quite breathtaking.
Cons: While the course is designed incredibly well, and the park is beautiful, it is still a par 3 course. While there are some holes marked as par fours, the longest hole is 333 feet. To play well at this course you need to have great accuracy with your fairway drivers, midranges and putters, plus a good putt when you get inside the circle, as every hole has the potential to be two-ed with a great shot.
The course does a nice job of staying secluded from other park activities, but plays near a walking trail on a few holes. The course is also tucked into an area that isn't the largest, and some of the holes play close together, or even cross fairways. Safety is paramount, so please check your surroundings before you throw!
A few shots are repetitive, with a hard hyzer being the most common shot, whether it be of the backhand or forehand variety. I get that it makes the course more challenging, and with the short distance it definitely does, but there were a few greens I felt were a bit too extreme.
Other Thoughts: The course is definitely well loved by local players and travelers alike. There is a lot to love, and I would certainly recommend this course to everybody.
The course is definitely falling into the older course category, with the short distances and tight lines, but the course is very enjoyable to play, and next time I am in the area I will plan to play it again!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Kiwanis - Worth the Drive
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: This is a very fun course for an amateur disc golfer like myself. I do not have a 'big arm' but never felt that I didn't have a chance to make par or birdie because I couldn't throw far enough. The course is well designed for the space it is in. Like another reviewer, I like that the course makes a circle and you finish where you started. There is good variety here : open shots, wooded shots, shots to the left, shots to the right and plenty of elevation changes. The course is well maintained and there a good routes for most of the holes. I would definitely make the 1 1/2 hour drive to play this course again.
Cons: The baskets were a bit hard to spot at times. I think that a different color would make them easier to spot but this is fairly minor.
Other Thoughts: Watch out for other non-disc golfers when playing because they are not watching out for you..
It is nice to have restrooms and drink machines on the premises.
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 0 Not
Great short course
Pros: To be honest, wasn't expecting a lot out for this course. The reviews were okay, but nothing said this was a 'must play' course. But within a few holes I was really grinning and digging the course. I personally think this is one of the very best courses to LEARN this game I've ever played.
It's not all that tricky, and with the lack of under brush, very forgiving. A new player should be able to shoot some respectable scores, Intermediate players shoot a few down and advanced players beat it like a drum. And that's what I like. The new player should be able to air out most of their drives and upshot for par. Intermediate and advanced should park most baskets. I'm of average power and even after coming off a grueling round at Harmon Hill, I was still able to park most of them.
But where this park comes into its own is with the new (not TRUE beginner, but someone's who's been playing a few months). I think the mix of right/left is about 55-45. So with the forgiving fairways, the newbie can start practicing forehands, working on long backhand drives. This will lead to somewhat challenging upshots. And that's what newbies need - a test that won't destroy them. And then as they progress, the birds start to fall and the confidence rise.
Another great feature of this course is the benches and picnic tables on all the holes (picnic on most holes). That can make for a really easy round of golf. Play a few holes, break out the cards and play some poker...win-win!
And this course is by far the easiest to navigate I think I've ever played. Stevie Wonder could navigate this one blindfolded and find his way around.
Also enough elevation to help build up a sweat.
Additional kudos to having this course being 2 9-hole loops. Always loved to be able to play a quick 9 and be back at the car.
Cons: Not many...this course is sandwiched between two sets of ball fields so people traipse between them, not really paying attention. I almost nailed a few folks who I didn't see.
And there a couple of holes they could have removed one more tree and made it much better. Hole 9 (over ravine) is a great hole except the stupid tree they left dead center halfway down. If they thought a tree made the hole tougher, should have left a dozen. That would have been REALLY tough! Take the tree out, move the basket far right/left and you have a signature hole. Now, I digged the rope leading down/up, that was a nice touch.
Same thing on 14 (I think). Y'all left a tree right off the tee pad , dead center of the fairway so you have to throw around it. Doesn't make it tougher, makes it stupidier (think that's a word). Take out the freaking tree and make a better basket placement. Not a bad hole, could be much better.
Other Thoughts: Lastly, lots and lots and lots of disc dinging rocks! Apparently a titanium buzz isn't as strong as titanium, despite the name. Had a few skips that dinged the crap out of it.
Great course to build your game on. Lefty holes, righty holes, uphill holes, downhill...the whole enchilada. Why not give it a 4 or better? Just not that difficult for experienced players. But a dang good course nonetheless.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Good Short Course
Pros: Overall a good layout for beginners. A pretty good design considering the limited area to work with. Fairly short course with some technical challenges. Nice park with facilities. Good signage. Good benches. Easy to navigate.
Cons: A couple of holes did not really have routes (throw and hope). Did not go in them but a couple of sink holes were HUGE! Would not be able to recover a disc in them if you went all the way to the bottom. Lots of rocks to bang up discs.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: Good work on your short range and midrange skills. Almost all the holes are duecable with good drives, but is through a lot of obstacles. Good use of elevation on the longer holes make them play shorter that they are. Easy course to go under at if you play by signs. I used a Star Tern on almost every hole and ended up in good shape on a majority of the holes.
Hole are easy to navigate and you can get a round in in little over an hour.
Cons: It is repetitive and if you are hitting every tree under gods green creation like my partner you will not like this course.
Zero Distance Drives.
Other Thoughts: Looking at this course from the courses I frequent in Nashville this course reminds me of Cedars of Lebanon in the style of play. I shot 4 under playing everything as a three and that was fantastic game for me. I hit two 80+ putts and 3 30+.
First time playing here since we are working in the area and just completed the local 3 courses and this one was just ok. I prefer the Rotary Park over this one with Cherokee being a second for me because it is so long.
For those of you with friends that have a big arm you can beat up on them here :D
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: This course takes some technical skill to play, but it isn't ridiculously hard. It's just a lot of fun. You're going to hit some trees, but generally there isn't a lot of underbrush, so you won't be searching forever or climbing through brambles to get your disc. You'll vary which disc you use. Some pins you'll use the one which flies straight, on others there's enough room to use your distance disc, and then you'll need the one which you can get to break at just the right distance to match a hook in the fairway (the Buzzz for me). While this course isn't hard enough to scare beginners away it is definitely one that you need to play a few times to really get a handle on.
Cons: Minor: The Pits: A number of pins played around big pits in the ground. It would have taken a very bad throw to have a disc land in there, but I've made plenty of very bad throws before. While I'm pretty sure I could have gotten down there to retrieve the disc, I'm not sure I'd make it back up. Consider it the equivalent of a water hazard.
Minor: A number of the pins felt short. This didn't bother me terribly since the short ones always seemed to have some skill required to play.
Other Thoughts: I made a trip to Morristown to play Cherokee Park, the Rotary course, and the Kiwanis course. This was the best of the three, hands down. If I lived closer to it I would work it into my regularly played courses with Winged Deer and Warrior's Path, although it's not quite at their level.
I suspect that I will every so often be making the trip to Morristown to play Kiwanis and Cherokee Park in tandem. Playing the two of them will make the hour+ trip worth it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
3 Helpful / 0 Not
My Favorite Course!
Pros: Morristown's best course and my personal favorite! Great mix in holes that veer to the left, straight laser shots, holes that play downhill and back uphill, and holes that veer to the right. Even a couple dog-legs. They pretty much thought of every kind of shot you could imagine with this course and threw it in the mix. Always kept up with very well. I was told that the people who take care of the course also play disc golf so they take care of it the way disc golfers want it taken care of. Sinage and tee pads are perfect. Exactly what you want to see on a course. Very close to 2 other 18 hole courses by the same designer. Fairly quick course to get your disc golf fix for a round or two.
Cons: The only real cons I can think of is safety around the sink hole around holes 5 and 7 and the cave on 13. You right of the sink hole on 5 and straight towards it on 7. As long as you have a decent drive there should be no worries but there is a chance you could go down in the sink hole. I like the idea of it as an obsticle for the course but I believe maybe some steps going down the side would make it a lot safer for the unfortunate drives that land in the bottom. Same for the cave on 13. You throw to the left of it but I have seen a kick back many times where a disc ended up in the cave. Once again shouldnt be a problem most of the time but would be good to have a rope or some steps to make the walk down into the cave safer. Other than this the only other con is it can get a bit muddy in certain spots on a day after it rains. Other than these small issues... no major problems! Just watch out for people on the walking trail as not to hurt anyone while they are getting their exercise in!
Other Thoughts: As I said above, this is easitly my favorite course. As of now I have played 24 different courses and this one is the one that I prefer over any. May be because it was my first course I ever played / my home course... not really sure but something about it keeps me playing it at least 2 times a week. Also, course maps / brochures available at all times would be a great addition to all the Morristown courses. Out of towners would really appreciate it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 0 Not
One of my favorites
Pros: This is a great course. One of my favorites. The tee pads and baskets are clearly marked and everything is very easy to find. On certain holes they will change the basket location a little to change things up. 99% of the course is very well kept up, which is hard to come by sometimes. Its a short and technical course so its easy to get in a quick round before or after work. One or 2 people can play through the course in a bout 30 minites depending on how fast you play.Also this is a small park so there are never to many people there unless there are ball games going on.
Cons: Like I said before, 99% kept up. There are still some areas that if your disc goes there your going to spend atleast 30 minites looking for a disc. This is TN so like every where that is some what wooded you have critters to be aware of, main of all snakes. My group and I have encountered serveral. Over all though not to many bad things to say about the course. Not much parking when there is a good group of people there. (baseball games etc)
Other Thoughts: This is one of my favorite courses like I said before. I play this course all the time after I get off from work. The length is perfect to get in your disc golf fix and not spend your whole day at the park.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 2 Not
Pros: Excellent course for learning. Forces me to focus on my lines and know what disc in my bag does what. Really clean as well. There were benches and trashcans at what seemed like every other hole.
Cons: None really that I could think of unless you don't like walking up and down hills. If you get kind of bad roll it can turn worse quickly but thats just part of the game.
1 of 3 people found this review helpful.
0 Helpful / 2 Not
My favorite course in Morristown
Pros: This course is great for beginners and pros.
Has short and long tees. Holes that go left and right. Tee pads on all holes with tee signs.
Cons: Some holes have a lot of trees, other than that I do not see anything else wrong with this course.
Other Thoughts: I love the layout of the course. You can start on hole #1 play 9 and end back up where you started. You can start on #10 and finish on #18 and end back up where you started. Great course to play!!
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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